The Digital Innovation Hub: Five Years of Incubating Innovation

A good idea is just an idea—until it finds champions to make it a real-life innovation. Institutions across Partners HealthCare are energized to embrace that spark. That was the vision behind the launch of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Digital Innovation Hub (iHub) in 2013, when 72% of surveyed BWH employees said they had an innovative idea but didn’t know how to make it a reality.

On September 12, the BWH iHub community joined with the broader medical innovation community to celebrate iHub’s five-year anniversary, with an event fittingly held at the Hale Building for Transformative Medicine. There, more than 200 clinicians, scientists, iHub alumni, and entrepreneurs engaged in panel discussions and noted the advancement at BWH—and beyond—made possible by iHub. Since launching in 2013, the space has helped a wide range of innovators launch and advance projects focused on using technology to streamline hospital operations, improve care delivery, and enhance the patient and employee experience.